Gopher Basketball Team Rolls in 91-50 Opening Win

The Minnesota Gophers used their size and athleticism edge as they rolled to a 91-50 exhibition win over Division III St. Thomas. The Gophers led just 12-9, but scored the next 15 points and were never challenged.

The Gophers had three players in double figures led by senior Jeff Hagen with 17 points. He scored 13 in the first half and made an impressive 9 of 12 from the free throw line. Freshman Dan Coleman scored 15 points, on 7 of 15 shooting, and junior Vincent Grier added 14.

The Gophers made 16 of 21 free throws in the first half and opened a 44-24 halftime lead. Hagen led the way with 13 first-half points and Grier added 10. Isaac Rosefelt scored 12 for the Tommies as he made six of eight shots. Unfortunately, the rest of the team was just four of 24 from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Minnesota increased its lead to 33 with a 17-2 run to start the second half. The Gophers extended their lead to a game-high 45 with 3:32 left in the game at 87-42. Minnesota shot 58 percent in the second half (19-of-33).

All but one of the Gophers' 13 players that saw action got into the scoring column. Hagen added seven boards and three blocks to his 17 points while Coleman had a game-high eight rebounds with his 15 points. Grier had a game-high four steals with his 14 points. Miles Webb added eight points and Rico Tucker scored nine. Aaron Robinson dished out a game-high seven assists.

The Gophers finished with 10 blocks, 10 steals and limited St. Thomas to just 30.5% shooting (18-of-59) on the afternoon. Minnesota also held a 45-34 lead on the boards.

Isaac Rosefelt led the Tommies with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Sean Sweeney added 12 points.

Minnesota finishes its exhibition play on Friday night against St. Cloud State at Williams Arena. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

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